County levy will be zero percent increase

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The Houston County Board was successful in fulfilling a goal set several months ago when the 2012 property tax levy was set at a zero percent increase over the 2011 levy.

The board approved the 2012 levy at $9,880,925, which is exactly what the 2011 levy was during the Dec. 27 meeting.

During the budgeting process, the county was able to cut the overall operating expenses for 2012 by $1,714,191. Total expenditures for 2011 were $31,262,050, while the 2012 budget is $29,547,859.

“We worked very hard to get to this point,” Board Chairman Jack Miller stated. “It wasn’t easy. I’d like to thank all of our staff, department heads and everyone who was involved in the process.”

Expenditures for the 2012 operating budget included:
Gen. gov.            $ 4,510,424
Public safety       $ 3,289,518
Highway             $12,280,511
Human services/
Welfare              $ 4,264,702
Health                $ 1,942,699
Sanitation          $    798,972
Culture, rec.      $      68,845
Nat. resources   $    173,030
Econ. dev.         $  1,083,576
Debt service      $  1,135,582
Total                   $29,547,859

A motion was made by Commissioner Justin Zmyewski and seconded by Commissioner Steve Schuldt to approve the 2012 budget and levy. The motion was unanimously approved.